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FIREWORKS SAFETY:

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to not use fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public displays and leaving the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that over 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.  For more information and safety tips, visit the CPSC's website


SUMMER SAFETY:

It’s what we’ve waited for: Summer!  Though the season brings longer, sunnier days, it also comes with life-threatening weather hazards such as extreme heat, rip currents, and thunderstorms and lightning.  Learn more about extreme weather hazards to help you stay 'weather-ready' at the beach, by the pool, while picnicking, or on the golf course, at https://www.weather.gov/wrn/summer-safety.

 

Description of Summer Safety Ideas

                                               Summer Safety Logo - Weather.gov

 

 


PREPAREDNESS:

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) has a free online Citizens Preparedness Training Course.  The 24-minute training offers New Yorkers a condensed version of what they would have learned during an in-person course.

**PLEASE NOTE: All Citizen Preparedness Corps Trainings are currently on hold.

Topics include how to develop a family emergency plan, how to prepare your family and home for a potential emergency such as fire, what to do in specific situations such as active shooter, and covers evacuation or sheltering-in-place due to a life-threatening event, and much more.   The training also discusses what to do when returning home after an emergency, including re-entry procedures, checking for and documenting damage safely, addressing emotional and other personal needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic event, and being wary of post-disaster scams.

The Department of Emergency Response offers presentations to community groups and organizations to provide basic information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters or emergencies.  Learn which ones are more likely to occur in our area and how you can reduce their impact on you, your family, and the community.  Contact Geoff Dunn, Community Preparedness Coordinator, at 607-266-2633, or email gdunn@tompkins-co.org.

Additional Preparedness Checklists:

Generator Maintenance Checklist
https://www.bigrentz.com/blog/generator-maintenance-checklist

72 Hour Emergency Kit List
https://www.rent.com/blog/72-hour-kit-checklist/

Car Emergency Kit List
https://www.utires.com/articles/car-emergency-kit-list/

Important Legal Documents
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-documents-to-prepare-for-emergency-preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Checklist
https://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/emergency-preparedness-checklist/

Disaster-Proof Home
https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/how-to-disaster-proof-your-home/


Home Emergencies & Safety Tips
https://www.mymove.com/moving/guides/new-home-emergency-ready/

Additional Resource Information

https://couponfollow.com/research/disaster-preparedness-on-a-budget

 


TUNE IN:

Disaster and emergency information will broadcast from these local radio stations:

  • 870AM WHCU

  • 97.3FM WYXL

  • 91.7FM WICB

If your TV is working, monitor a regional all-news channel, such as Spectrum News, or the Weather Channel. A weather radio will also provide accurate and current information.

National Weather Service in Binghamton

National Weather Service in Binghamton
http://www.weather.gov/bgm/


 


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WHAT TYPES OF EMERGENCIES CAN HAPPEN IN TOMPKINS COUNTY?

 Flooding

 Winter Storms - Snow/Ice/Cold

 Power Outages

 Heat Emergencies

 Fires

 Chemical/Hazmat Accidents

 Wind Storms/Tornado

There are certain basic concepts of preparedness that apply to any type of situation:

  • Be Informed
  • Make a Plan
  • Build a Kit
  • Get Involved

Learn more at www.ready.gov.